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Haney Called Out For Offensive Comments on Sirius/XM

“After Wie referred to Haney’s comments as racist, sexist and of no laughing matter, Haney took responsibility and apologized a little more seriously than the first time”

Brandon Contes

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Tiger Woods’s former swing coach and current weekday radio host on SiriusXM’s PGA Tour Radio, Hank Haney made inexcusable comments when discussing this week’s U.S. Women’s Open.

“This week is the 74th U.S. Women’s Open, Hank,” co-host Steve Johnson began the conversation.

“Oh it is? I’m gonna predict a Korean,” Haney responded.

“Ok, that’s a pretty safe bet,” Johnson said while laughing.

“I couldn’t name you six players on the LPGA Tour,” Haney said.  “Nah, maybe I could – well, I’d go with Lee.  If I didn’t have to name a first name, I’d get a bunch of them right.”

“We’ve got six Lees,” Johnson said, adding to Haney’s insensitive remark regarding the number of Korean athletes they expect to compete in the U.S. Women’s open.

Naturally, most people that heard Haney and Johnson on the radio, were not laughing along and they informed the swing coach of the joke’s insensitive core.

According to USA Today’s Christine Brennan, after receiving negative reaction on social media, Haney offered a half-hearted apology during the show that made things worse.  “I can’t remember what I said,” Haney later added.  “I guess people are taking this as racially insensitive…So I’m gonna apologize right now if I offended people. … I guess I said something that made people feel bad.”

As one of the most well-known golfers on the LPGA Tour, Michelle Wie tweeted a reaction to Haney’s comments as soon as she was made aware of what was said on SiriusXM.

After Wie referred to Haney’s comments as racist, sexist and of no laughing matter, Haney took responsibility and apologized a little more seriously than the first time and posted the following message on Twitter.

“This morning, I made some comments about women’s golf and its players that were insensitive, and that I regret,” Haney wrote. “In an effort to make a point about the overwhelming success of Korean players on the tour, I offended people and I am sorry. I have the highest respect for the women who have worked so hard to reach the pinnacle of their sport, and I never meant to take away from their abilities and accomplishments.  I’ve worked in this game with men and women players from many different cultures, and I look forward to continuing to do so.”

SiriusXM has not commented on the future of Haney’s show.  He is not listed on their schedule for the remainder of the week as SiriusXM’s PGA Tour Radio will broadcast live coverage of the U.S. Women’s Open.  Haney is listed on the channel’s regular weekday schedule for next week, in his usual 10am – noon timeslot.

The 74th Women’s U.S. Open is set to begin today, Thursday May 30th, from the Country Club of Charleston, South Carolina. 

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM

An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.

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WQAM midday host Jonathan Zaslow is no longer with WQAM in Miami.

The radio station has removed his show from the website and references to him and his normal 10a-2p ET midday timeslot program have been scrubbed from the station website.

Zaslow tweeted at 5:19p ET confirming the news.

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now.

Zaslow had been with 790 the Ticket since 2004. He was transitioned from Audacy-owned 790 to sister station AM 560 Sports WQAM last October. During his tenure he has worked with a number of established local voices including Joy Taylor, Amber Wilson, Brett Romberg, and Brendan Tobin amongst others.

WQAM has gone thru a number of changes, including a rebranding effort to call the station “560 The Joe”. That ended last year with the station returning to the AM 560 Sports WQAM brand listeners were more familiar with. What they have planned next in Zaslow’s timeslot is unclear but local listeners will likely get some answers next week.

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Vanessa Richardson Named Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter, Paul Gallant to Host Solo on ESPN 97.5

Vanessa Richardson will be on the sidelines for the Houston Rockets and Paul Gallant will host solo show on ESPN 97.5.

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Changes are taking place in Houston sports media. First, the Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season, and she’s a familiar name to Houston sports fans.

Vanessa Richardson, the now former co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, revealed that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

She tweeted the news saying, “Elated to be the new Houston Rockets sideline reporter! I can’t wait to travel the country & share the stories of this dynamic team during 80+ games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. I’ll continue to fill-in as a host/reporter for Astros broadcasts as well.”

Richardson’s co-host, Paul Gallant, tweeted that with Richardson leaving the show for the Rockets sideline gig, Vanessa and Gallant will become the Paul Gallant Show. The solo show led by Gallant begins Monday September 26th.

“We’re excited to have Paul host his own show”, said Todd Farquharson, General Manager of ESPN 97.5 & 92.5.  “He’s super creative, energetic, and likeable.  He’ll get the audience involved and have fun.”

Paul commented, “You know what I’ve always loved about sports talk radio?  That it’s interactive.  Whether through a phone call, text message, tweet or on Twitch, it’s the best place for sports fans to come together and celebrate…or vent.  And that’s what The Paul Gallant Show is going to be…Houston’s platform to talk about its teams. THE most interactive sports talk show in Houston.”

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Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

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The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.

“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.

“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.

During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.

Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.

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